By Bint Salman:
This world has a lot of great people, I mean influential people. There are great presidents, ministers,the rulers with power ruling people like me and you.We also have the celebrities who rule hearts and minds of masses or anyone with authority over you say your boss.They all have a few things in common: i.e: they can’t be reached easily, they’re most of the times haughty if not always, for them you’re a commoner, yeah they might be philanthropists but they might not genuinely and always love you and be with you all the time or fulfill all your wishes in life. Can you always expect favors, benefits, love, respect and their time from them? you might say; are you kidding me, I’d be glad if I manage to get just an autograph to showoff in front of my friends.Now, I want to ask you a question. Whom do you consider the most important & greatest in your life? I mean someone who has the most control over you, like every moment of your life is lived for them? Your love is for them, your tears are for them, your endeavors are for their sake, in fact your life and your death are them? Some of you would name your beloved, I mean the most important human being in your life.
”Allah Subhanahuwata’ala is the Greatest of all” and yet, you can reach Him so easily.You don’t need any appointment of any sort, just 5 daily prayers to talk to Him. He talks to you through Qura’an , the beautiful words of Master are here. Imagine, the Greatest of all loves you ,provides you and watches over you and is always there for you. He is with you everywhere through His knowledge.He should be the One in your heart, the most important One in your life without anyone or anything replacing Him.If only we knew our Master, our hearts would be so different. Our Prophet Sala’atu assalam knew Allah so well, He loved Allah more than anyone and anything, He missed Allah Subhanahu wata’ala so much in life that when he was given a choice, he chose to be with Allah over life of this world, he kept repeating ”In the Highest Company” right before his death because He wanted to be with Allah Subhanahu wata’ala. We on the other hand would we be so keen to be with Allah at the cost of leaving the comforts of this life, our spouses, our children? not to forget that the Messenger of Allah had the best people around him and he could get everything and anything.
The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam used to make this duaa ,in a hadeeth in Sunan an-Nisaa’i (authenticated by Shaykh Albanee)
Allahumma Innī As’aluka Ladhdhata an-Naẓari ilā Wajhika wash Shawqa ilā Liqā’ik
O Allāh, I ask You for the delight of gazing at Your Countenance and the eagerness of meeting You.
Feeling the Greatness of Allah Subhanahu wata’ala:
Sometimes you don’t need to meditate alot to get that feeling of closeness with Allah. A simple conversation with someone can remind you of His Greatness, some baffling event in life can make you aware of the Greatness of Allah. The words of Allah, ayaat in the Qura’an remind you of His greatness. The ayaat (signs) of Allah in universe remind you of His Greatness. A wonderful meal, a simple meal, bring the thoughts of Greatness of Allah in your mind.You ending up in some difficult situation, make you realize that He is the only Super Power who has put you in this and it’s only His Control over things that can deliver you from grief.Salaah five times a day start with you declaring Allahu Akbar. Just try to feel the power of these words, they make you feel so insignificant, so incapable, so meek, so small. This feeling takes you on khushu mode, it can lead you to developing ihsaan (excellence) in your salah. It’s not just that you are aware that Allah is watching you, it affects your heart. His Magnificence makes you feel so small and unworthy. You are simply awed by His Greatness.All you need is a heart that reflects and feels.Obviously you don’t have to adopt monasticism but take some time out and be alone in with Allah. Talk to Him, tell Him about your vulnerability and let those tears of love flow. They will qualify you for His shade on the day of Judgment.
The impact of Knowledge of His Greatness:
-Once the Greatness of Allah is established in your heart and mind and soul. It should become hard to disobey Allah Subhanahu wata’ala. When you realize the worth of someone in your life, wont you hate to displease them and distance yourself from them? .. Yet, we humans are forgetful, we easily forget the same Great Creator who is just Perfect, Merciful, Loving.We go against Him, engage in acts which displease Him. We should work to the best of our ability to please Him and attain His love.You know what follows that? You won’t believe me, but if you and I work enough to earn His pleasure, we attain His love and this is what ends up happening, which I can’t even imagine:
Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “When Allah Almighty loves a slave, He calls out to Jibril, ‘Allah Almighty loves so-and-so, so love him!’ and Jibril loves him. Then a call goes out among the people of heaven, ”Allah Almighty loves so-and-so, so love him!’ and the people of heaven love him. Then acceptance is placed in the earth for him.” [Agreed upon]
– His Greatness, makes you feel strong in face of hardships and calamities. When you’re being physically abused or emotionally tortured or facing difficult times, rely on His Greatness. You can’t and you shouldn’t turn to anyone else why? because Allah is the Greatest. This is one of the duas from the sunnah ,the dua one is supposed to make where he mentions the greatness of Allah when in distress. It’s the attribute ‘Adheem’- Great, by which you invoke your Master. He is Great and has all the power to take you out of your distress.
“La ilaaha ill-Allaah al-‘Azeem ul-Haleem, Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabb il-‘arsh il-‘azeem, Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabb is-samawaati wa Rabb il-ard wa Rabb il-‘arsh il-kareem (there is none worthy of worship other than Allaah, the Most Great, the Forbearing; there is none worthy of worship other than Allaah, the Lord of the Magnificent Throne; there is none worthy of worship other than Allaah, Lord of the heavens and the earth, Lord of the Glorious throne).” (Bukhari & Muslim)
A means to attain happiness and contentment:
His Greatness in life takes you on a path of happiness, gratitude and contentment. It doesn’t mean an exemption from struggles and pains. What actually happens is that things become easy, your heart gets peace and satisfaction and you come in terms with the difficulties in life. Say for example, you might have reached a marriageable age,yet you aren’t getting married…it doesn’t take a toll on you rather it teaches you patience, gratitude and helps you develop trust in Allah.
May we have that heart which is awed by the Greatness of Allah. A heart which finds solace in nothing but submitting itself to the Great Master. A heart which is reminded of the Greatness of Allah by His signs everywhere. A heart and soul that badly desire to meet and see the Great Master.Ameen.
‘To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth, and He is the Most High, the Most Great’ (Qura’an: 42:4)
‘So exalt the name of your Lord, the most Great’ ( Qura’an 56:74)